Environment


One of our main priorities is responding to the climate crisis and the broader environmental crises facing our planet. It’s a priority for us all, individually and corporately. Diocesan Synod has declared a climate emergency and set ambitious but clear targets for reaching net zero. An Environment Task Group (ETG) is overseeing an ambitious programme of change and, already, we are investing over £200,000 during the next seven years on a carbon footprint reduction programme across our church buildings.

In our own lives, our churches, our schools and other diocesan institutions, we’re working to be agents of change — taking practical action, bringing the issues before God in prayer, undertaking advocacy at every level of government, standing in solidarity with our overseas partners, calling for disinvestment from fossil fuel companies whose plans aren’t in line with the Paris Agreement, and seeking to support a just transition locally and globally.

To find out more about our Christian calling to care for God’s world, and what individuals and churches can do and are doing, explore the EcoHub. To keep up to date on the latest issues, subscribe to our newsletter, or follow our Twitter feed @earthingfaith.

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Four reflections





The Rt Revd Olivia Graham, the Bishop of Reading, has produced four short films about the environment and how we understand our relationship to the created world.

Each film introduces an idea related to our faith and offers some questions to ponder. They’re ideal for individual or home group studies.

You’ll find each of the four films, together with the questions to ponder, on our YouTube channel.

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Pray


Creator of our common home,
You fill the earth and sea and sky with life
Forgive us our neglect of your creation
The choking waste of our pollution
The damage done by careless habits
And our indifference to future generations.
Help us to amend our lives
To refuse more plastic if we can’t reuse it
To lift our voice for lasting change
And to live well and gently on the earth
To the glory of your Son, the living Word
Through whom you made this fragile world. 
Amen 

Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft 

Bishop Steven


“Our response [to the climate crisis] must be nothing less than an ‘ecological conversion’ of every person and every part of society. Responding to the current emergency is the responsibility of every family, every workplace, every village, town and city, every company, and every public institution.

The earth is God’s gift as well as God’s creation. Human beings are far more than consumers: we are called to be just stewards of creation, to care for the poorest and the weakest. Human fulfilment lies not in escalating consumption but in meaningful rest and labour and learning to be content.

Churches and faith communities must play their part and are beginning to do so. Many dioceses, including Oxford, are placing care for the earth at the top of the agenda for the coming years, recognising the distance we still have to travel. This means measuring and restricting our own carbon emissions, commending lifestyle changes, undertaking energy audits and campaigning for wider change. It means identifying challenging but achievable targets and the practical path to reach them. We need to hear the voice of government in policy detail and not just principle.”

Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Speech in the House of Lords, 6 February 2020

Read Bishop Steven’s blogs about the environment and care for creation.


As a Diocese, as churches and schools, and as individuals, we’re working to be agents of change — taking practical action, bringing the issues before God in prayer and undertaking advocacy at every level of government.

The EcoHub is your one-stop shop for information, practical advice and theological reflection on how we can best care for God’s creation.